We believe that the most important role a counselor plays at camp is that of a bunk counselor. This is because the relationship between a counselor and his campers, along with how much attention and positive feedback he gives them, will be the major determinant in a camper’s comfort and happiness. While most camps hire counselors as Specialists or as Generalists, (the latter are often made to feel that they are the least important among the staff), we believe that camps that hire counselors primarily as Specialists (i.e.- to be a basketball or baseball instructor, etc.), are making a critical mistake.
At Brant Lake, even though we have some very talented athletes, and many terrific, experienced coaches, we hire counselors who enjoy being with kids, are nice human beings and will be great role models for kids. We want every counselor to know that their first responsibility is to the boys in their bunk. Secondly, to the boys in the age group that a counselor is living with. And thirdly, but still important, to the activity in which he can best be helpful to our Key Staff. Almost no one teaches the same activity for more than half of their day (common exceptions are some tennis pros or waterfront staff). The rest of the day, most all counselors serve as Generalists, traveling with the boys in their group, and enabling them to build close relationships with campers. This also keeps them from getting burned out in their areas of expertise. We believe this “Hybrid System” is the best way to care for kids while providing top flight instruction and the best camp experience.